Release year: 2017
Director: Patty Jenkins
Screenwriter: Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, Jason Fuchs, William Moulton Marston (characters)
Starring: Gal Gadot, Christ Pine, Robin Wright Penn, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis
Princess of the Amazons, Diana (Gadot), has been trained to become a warrior her entire life. When pilot Steve Treyor (Pine) crashes in their area he tells them of the conflict of WWI. Diana is convinced she can stop the threat and goes back with him. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers and her true destiny.
Ever since Gadot (Furious Seven, 2015) impressed with her turn as Wonder Woman in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, fans of superhero movies has screamed for a stand alone Wonder Woman movie. This movie more than lived up to the hype created by Wonder Woman’s turn up in Batman v Superman, by many even named the best movie of 2017 so far. Despite many being skeptical about the casting of Gadot, the Israeli actress turned out to be a terrific cast, hitting the perfect combination of toughness and tenderness required for the kind warrior. Not only did she deliver a charismatic and convincingly ass-kicking performance, she also shared great chemistry with her co-star Pine (Star Trek, 2009), whose cynical realist is a nice match for the positive Diana, making the two compliment each other to perfection. It’s an origin story, but never dwells too long on the Amazon childhood of the princess, just enough to give you the background and a feel of where and what she comes from, before Steve enters her life and sets the action into motion. The movie is lighter in tone than the previous DC movies, with characters like the endearingly funny Etta, played terrifically by Davis (Shaun of the Dead, 2004), lifting the mood in between bleak baddies and bombs. It’s not the fun fest of Marvel’s one-liners and family-feel superheroes, it still has a more serious tone but the slight wink in the eye suits the cinematic universe. The choreography is stunning and Gadot does an amazing job kicking ass and how wonderful to see women like Nielsen (Gladiator, 2000) and Wright (The Princess Bride, 1987) who are far beyond their twenties in action-packed roles. No wonder the movie has been praised for its feministic value. With this stand-alone movie in between Batman v Superman (2016) and Justice League (2017), Wonder Woman is truly done justice!
Gal Gadot was a part of re-shoots for the movie (including stunts) while being five months pregnant. She was visibly pregnant so the crew created a costume which had a green screen around her belly, which was later removed during post-production.
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